Quotes About Personification

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Criss Jami
“It often occurs that pride and selfishness are muddled with strength and independence. They are neither equal nor similar; in fact, they are polar opposites. A coward may be so cowardly that he masks his weakness with some false personification of power. He is afraid to love and to be loved because love tends to strip bare all emotional barricades. Without love, strength and independence are prone to losing every bit of their worth; they become nothing more than a fearful, intimidated, empty tent lost somewhere in the desert of self.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Martin Luther
“That is what Reason can neither grasp nor endure, and what has offended all these men of outstanding talent who have been so received for so many centuries. Here they demand that God should act according to human justice, and do what seems right to them or else cease to be God.”
Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

Edna St. Vincent Millay
“Moon, that against the lintel of the west
Your forehead lean until the gate be swung,
Longing to leave the world and be at rest,
Being worn with faring and no longer young,
Do you recall at all the Carian hill
Where worn with loving, loving late you lay,
Halting the sun because you lingered still,
While wondering candles lit the Carian day?
Ah, if indeed this memory to your mind
Recall some sweet employment, pity me,
That even now the dawn's dim herald see!
I charge you, goddess, in the name of one
You loved as well: endure, hold off the sun.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Unknown Book 7720699

Thomas Fuller
“A fox should not be of the jury at a goose's trial.”
Thomas Fuller

Kohta Hirano
“I need just be a bayonet, a bayonet named Diving Punishment. I wish I'd been born a storm. Or a menace. Or a single grenade. No heart, no tears, just as a terrible gale'd have been good. If [by doing this] I become that, then so be it.”
Kohta Hirano

Marisa de los Santos
“Inside plum trees stood in a row, flowers lifted their pale throats to the moon and stars, a magnolia held its tight-closed buds like white candles in its green hands.”
Marisa de los Santos, Falling Together

Kohta Hirano
“I wish I had been born a storm. No heart, no tears, just a terrible gale'd been good.”
Kohta Hirano

William Shakespeare
“Know the grave doth gape for thee thrice wider than for other men.”
William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

Virgil
“Love conquers all. Let Love then smile at our defeat.”
Virgil, The Eclogues

Emily Fridlund
“Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt, exhausted, and stayed.”
Emily Fridlund, History of Wolves

Leonardo Donofrio
“Rome and New York were impressive, but they knew they were. They had the beauty of a vain woman who had squeezed herself into her favourite dress after hours of careful self worship. There was a raw, feral beauty about this landscape that was totally unselfconscious but no less real...There was no pomp or vainty here; this was an innocent, natural beauty, the best kind, like a woman first thing in the morning, lit up by the sun streaming through a window, who doesn't quite believe it when you tell her how beautiful she is.”
Leonardo Donofrio, Old Country

Tana French
“That long sigh again, above us. This time I saw it, moving through the branches. Like the trees were listening; like they would've been sad about us, sad for us, only they'd heard it all so many thousand times before.”
Tana French, The Secret Place

Lydia Davis
“This dull, difficult novel I have brought with me on my trip—I keep trying to read it. I have gone back to it so many times, each time dreading it and each time finding it no better than the last time, that by now it has become something of an old friend. My old friend the bad novel.”
Lydia Davis, Can't and Won't: Stories

Jennine Capo Crucet
“A stack of banged-up grocery carts humped each other in a metal orgy in the far corner of the new Sedano’s parking lot.”
Jennine Capo Crucet, Make Your Home Among Strangers

Rebecca McNutt
“There was nothing Mandy had wanted more than to give her full attention to the world of Personifications and ignore those who ignored her in society. She’d wanted to talk out loud to Alecto, to have conversations in front of other ordinary people. Unfortunately, to do that in front of ordinary people would only prove her insanity, and although Mandy was naïve at times, she wasn’t stupid.”
Rebecca McNutt, Shadowed Skies: The Third Smog City Novel

Mary Ellen Hannibal
“In the tide pool I was riveted by fat pink sea stars sitting like satisfied gangsters and seemingly unconcerned by their exposure; gulls would peck at them but the sea stars simply grew replacement limbs.”
Mary Ellen Hannibal, Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction

Pawan Mishra
“High productivity and a healthy environment are two unconditionally entwined buddies. Our process allows us to abort any attempts toward crucifying either of the two—because as soon as one of them dies, the other follows suit.”
Pawan Mishra, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

Will  Chancellor
“By December an elastic skin of ice reached out hundreds of miles into the sea, rolling with every wave.”
Will Chancellor, A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall

Flannery O'Connor
“I like to walk in the woods and see what Mother Nature is wearing.”
Flannery O'Connor, Good Country People

Leonardo Donofrio
“Village life gently swirled around them, with the perpetual ebb and flow of people, scurrying in every direction. The village was a living, organic entity, with blood flowing through its veins, and with a definite pulse and heartbeat. It had its own distinct personality and its own dark caustic humour, and was constantly processing and regurgitating information through its winding, meandering streets.”
Leonardo Donofrio, Old Country

Moonshine Noire
“(...) pick up your axe, start at the roots

don't miss the trunk, never forget:

to end life truly and finally

start at the roots or end there.”
Moonshine Noire

Neel Mukherjee
“The sanction made the unsaid even more palpable, as if the thoughts had been waiting outside the room, and had at last been given permission to enter; now there was no denying their presence.”
Neel Mukherjee, The Lives of Others

“His unfinished project stared back at Nick from the computer screen, the cursor accusing him with every blink.”
Richard Mabry

Rebecca McNutt
“Oh, trust me Sydney Tar Ponds, you aren’t the first Personification to be forgotten by somebody ordinary,” Mearth sighed with a falsely-reassuring smile. Alecto stepped back from her, glaring hatefully. “Sydney Tar Ponds,” Mearth added, “I’ve had so many ordinary people as friends in my life that by now I’ve forgotten all their names. At first it was difficult… very sad… to see them always leaving, dying, disappearing, ignoring, but after a while I realized that they weren’t worth the trouble. I’d rather be in the company of other Personifications. At least they aren’t always dropping dead like houseflies or sailing away to parts unknown. Nil sa saol seo ach ceo, i ni bheimid beo, ach seal beag gearr. Wouldn’t you agree?”

“No,” Alecto told her. “I think you’re insane.”
Rebecca McNutt, Shadowed Skies: The Third Smog City Novel

Dexter Palmer
“This had been happening more and more often: the two of us come upon each other by accident in the early hours of the morning and take solace in each others' company, weathering out the peril of being awake at this time of night, when thoughts that are neatly ordered or justly murdered during the day come loose from their moorings and out of their graves, to tie themselves to each other in new and dangerous ways.”
Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

Pascal Garnier
“[T]he stars carried on calmly grazing on nothingness.”
Pascal Garnier, Moon in a Dead Eye

Dan Chaon
“Your Mom's Car. Think about that. Try to wrap your brain around the supernatural and spiritual implications that the name bears down you. Your Mom's Car, holding its hand out straight, fingers curled, a zombie reaching for your neck.”
Dan Chaon, Ill Will

Paulette Jiles
“The road ran along the north side of the river, a shy and obsequious road that dodged every bank and lift and wound through the pecan trees and never insisted on its own way.”
Paulette Jiles, News of the World

“The manor house creaked with joy to have someone inside it again. It let a floorboard give way just to feel him brush against its walls.”
T.R. Darling

Richard Brautigan
“The river loved to tell everybody (everybody being the sky, the wind, the few trees that grew around there, birds, deer and even the stars if you can believe that) what a great river it was. "I come roaring from the earth and return roaring to the earth. I am the master of my waters. I am the mother and father of myself. I don't need a single drop of rain. Look at my smooth strong white muscles. I am my own future!”
Richard Brautigan, Revenge of the Lawn / The Abortion / So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away

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